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by Dave Gradijan

Japan Sees Rise in Cybercrime Arrests

Mar 02, 20061 min
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

In Japan, the number of people charged with Internet-related crimes, like fraud or the illegal transfer of content, jumped more than 50 percent last year, with some 3,161 arrests compared to the 2,081 in 2004, the Associated Press reports via USA Today.

The AP got these numbers from a report prepared by Japan’s National Police Agency (NPA).

The NPA first began compiling Internet-related crime statistics in 1999, the AP reports.

Last July, Japan increased Internet patrols due to a rise in the number of attempted e-mail scams and other Internet-related crime, according to the AP.

In November, a number of men were charged with slander for allegedly doctoring a photo by superimposing the face of a popular celebrity onto a nude body and distributing it over the Internet, the AP reports.

Japan also recently arrested its first phishers.

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